Multi-functional centre Akropole has been commissioned


One of the most ambitious construction projects in Latvia, multi-functional centre Akropole has been commissioned a year and ten months after the commencement of construction works.  Totalling to 98 000 m2 of indoor space, the building offers about 9000 m2 of office premises. The remaining area houses over 140 shops, about 30 cafés and restaurants, an ice hall, a cinema, a bowling hall and a children’s playground. The total developed area is 16 hectares large.

“Thanks to our cooperation partners and hundreds of professionals who spared no time or effort in order to make this project come true. At some points in time, there were up to 1100 specialists working at the site simultaneously – we have assembled a team of the best experts in their respective fields in order to develop an environment that would perfectly meet the human needs and the customers’ expectations. The project was a major exciting challenge and a rich learning experience for everyone involved,” says Sergejs Periņecs, the Project Manager for Merks.

Design of the Akropole Multi-Functional Centre amalgamates the present and the historical – once, this territory used to be the site of the famous Kuznetsov’s Porcelain Factory; therefore, a segment of the building was designed to resonate with the historical legacy. For instance, the chimney stalks have been preserved and restored. In the meantime, the facility makes use of the most advanced systems to ensure and maintain sustainability and energy efficiency of the building.

“We are most satisfied with the recognition of excellence of the new building by government and municipal authorities,” says Kaspars Beitiņš, Director of Akropole Rīga. ‘”We also take special pride in the fact that the cleverly designed layout and reasonable choice of materials, systems and technologies have allowed Akropole to become the first shopping venue in Latvia that has been awarded the prestigious BREEAM Certificate as early as at the design stage, and that the project is being implemented in observance of the top sustainability and energy efficiency standards, using the most environment-friendly and human-friendly solutions.'”

Construction of the Akropole Multi-Functional Shopping Venue has begun in May 2017. Construction of the building was ordered by M257; Merks and Mitnija performed the construction works, Sarma & Norde Arhitekti did the field supervision, whereas the construction supervision was entrusted to Bū